The trouble with studying is the amount of stuff you have to keep track of all the time. Not only do you find yourself having to buy your own toothpaste for the first time ever but also having to organise and manage an adult-sized workload, run a hectic social life and organise your summer road trip adventure. It’s so much. I feel for ya, I really do. I managed to make my through University in a combination of… well actually, I have not idea how I made it through at all what with the stunningly terrible decisions I made on a daily basis and I say that with no rhetoric. It’s true. There were times when I would have glimpses of effective time management and efficiency before the inevitable slide into my own filth and indolence began again. Here is an extract from a real email I wrote to my friends while studying for my finals:
“so in the exam I wrote the following sentences:
‘language works in a strange way mark my words. Well, for example’
There is a secret message here… can you spot it?
Remove the full stop and you get the phrase ‘mark my words well’ haha! I plan to get a degree by hypnotising my markers! But seriously, gotta do some revision.”
I hope you are enjoying your schadenfreude.
Today, at the ripe old age of 27 I have developed my own time management system. I’m calling it the “Time Obligation Management for Brilliance” or TOMB for short. And here it is, for free with no ebook sales pitch. If one of my two readers here enjoys it, let me know and leave a comment.
It is a three-tier system designed for following multiple objectives at once. The first step is to create 3 dynamic ToDo lists.
Todo List 1 – 6 month goals
I tried doing this for a year but I have found 6 months an easier time frame to get my head around.
Todo List 2 – weekly schedule
This is when you filter your 6 month goals into allocated time slots over the week. Its good to keep things general and work in half days. So for example, I might allocate 2 half days per week to sales and marketing for my business and another 2 half days to writing projects etc.
Todo List 3 – Daily Goals
This should have 3 sections. The first is your most urgent goals that must be done today, often these will be whatever is on your weekly schedule for that day plus important little tasks as they crop up like sending off for your new passport etc. The next column are creative and networking goals that you can start on if you finish your urgent goals first. And the final column is for random thoughts and ideas as you have them. If they are good they might be inserted into your 6 month goal sheet and filter their way down. This is a good method of weeding out good ideas from random head-junk